Birmingham Royal Ballet Set For June Premieres

The Birmingham Royal Ballet and Birmingham Repertory Theatre (REP) have announced their new season of performances in June, including two world premieres as part of their ongoing partnership.

The Royal Ballet will perform Curated by Carlos, a three-part series by the company’s director, Carlos Acosta. 

The bill features the inaugural performance of City of a Thousand Trades, a one-act abstract ballet that the Royal Ballet describes as “inspired by and celebrating the richly diverse cultural and industrial heritage of Birmingham in a love letter to the city.”

Curated by Carlos also includes a first-time performance of Imminent by Brazilian-British choreographer Daniela Cardim, in her first commission for the Royal Ballet. The performance will address themes such as global health and climate change. The UK premiere of Spanish choreographer Goyo Montero’s Chacona rounds off the bill, performed by 16 dancers and set to J.S. Bach’s ‘Partita No. 3.’

In addition to Curated by Carlos, the season also includes Sir David Bintley’s Cinderella, specially adapted to maintain social distancing. It will feature set designs from John Macfarlane, the designer of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s production of Nutcracker.

Last August, the Birmingham Royal Ballet and the REP announced on their respective websites, established with the express aim of “work[ing] together to find a way to entertain audiences and help revive Birmingham’s cultural life after lockdown.”

Curated by Carlos runs from 10-12 June, while Cinderella follows from 18-26 June. Tickets are available on the REP’s website.

Words by Reem Ahmed.


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